Suzi's Blog

Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca and Cocktail from Rick Bayless

Mexican food maven, Rick Bayless, has a wonderful new book. Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks offers sensational ideas from his famed Frontera Grill restaurant. Here’s a beverage idea, a duo idea, that is not a margarita but does employ the ever-versatile tequila. It’s a sweet agua fresca that can be converted into a delightful cocktail.…

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Ruby: Grapefruit, Aperol, St. Germain and, of course, Vodka

Neglect. It’s an awful thing. And to be big and luscious and still be neglected makes aboslutly no sense. Uh, no, I did not misspell abosolutly up above and here. It’s a pun. This is a vodka drink. Grapefruit, actually ruby red grapefruit, is the item of the day. We use a bushel of lemons…

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Aperol St. Germain Sour: A Cocktail Gateway to Flavor

Two very popular liqueurs are Aperol and St. Germain. Popular and so different. St. Germain, made from the flowers of elderberry bushes, is sweet. I always detect grapefruit, but others get peach, pear, flowers of all kinds, and some even report lychee. Aperol is different, offering sour flavors including rhubarb and orange. Aperol was created…

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The Italians Are Coming: Aperol to the Beverage Rescue

It’s a dinner party for Suzen and me tomorrow. Small in number but wide in flavor interests. We have four guests coming and there will be a fresh corn salsa that all will enjoy. After that, it can be challenging. The four people have quite different beverage likes and dislikes. How can you easily meet…

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